Students at a Confucius Institute in Vladivostok, Russia. Photo: Getty Images Students at a Confucius Institute in Vladivostok, Russia. Photo: Getty Images
Students at a Confucius Institute in Vladivostok, Russia. Photo: Getty Images

What does US Confucius Institute move mean for Chinese soft power in Asia?

  • The institute’s problems go beyond the US, which has branded them ‘foreign missions’. They are also under scrutiny in Australia, India and beyond
  • Has Washington muddled up the difference between a sinister soft-power push and teaching students how to say ‘I’d like to go shopping’ in Chinese?

Topic |   US-China relations
Students at a Confucius Institute in Vladivostok, Russia. Photo: Getty Images Students at a Confucius Institute in Vladivostok, Russia. Photo: Getty Images
Students at a Confucius Institute in Vladivostok, Russia. Photo: Getty Images

Corrected [1:15pm, 23 Aug, 2020]

  • [1:15pm, 23 Aug, 2020]

    This article has been updated to amend the name of an interviewee at their request, and to clarify that the US law relating to Confucius Institutes was passed in 2018.

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